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Seb Larsson Showing He’s A Top Professionalism At Birmingham

10:56 am, Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

Seb Larsson has been performing very well indeed for Birmingham City this year, even though it looks like he could leave the club in the summer, when his contract runs out.

Seb Larsson – first rate professional

Larsson was again in top form yesterday, and scored a beautiful equalizing goal to give 10 man Birmingham a valuable 1-1 draw at home to struggling  Wolves. Larsson had also hit the crossbar earlier from a terrific free kick.

After Craig Gardner had been given a second yellow card,  for diving,  and sent off,  Birmingham were up against it,  and it was also a wonderful opportunity for Wolves to get all 3 points, but they couldn’t take it.

The TV replays showed Gardner had dived and nobody had touched him, and the referee was absolutely right to send Gardner off, and he has subsequently admitted he dived and apologized to Birmingham manager Alex McLeish. Good on him for being truthful.

There’s far too much diving coming back into the game, and the referees need to try to stamp it out.

The semi-final of the European Champions League last week between Real Madrid and Barcelona was little short of a disgrace,  as players kept dropping like nine-pins, holding their faces as if they’d been hit.

TV replays continually showed they hadn’t been hit anywhere near the face, and were simply acting.   We suppose they were trying to get the opposition players sent off – as we said it was an absolute disgrace.

That game, which Real lost at home 2-0,  through two Lionel Messi goals (who else?),  was a disgrace to football and for Spanish football in particular.

And we hear Hollywood executives have been alerted to some of the great acting seen at the Madrid game last week, and will be out in force in this week’s second leg.

Larsson’s terrific professionalism at Birmingham is also a good contrast to egotistical David Bentley who walked out of the Birmingham dressing room yesterday and never returned,  after he found out he wasn’t even on the bench.

How’s that for an impersonation of  a baby?

Alan Pardew had said in January that Bentley wanted something in his loan contract, if he came to Newcastle,  that he play in every game, and Alan told him where to go – and quite rightly too.

We are afraid that this lad has dropped precipitously in form, since he was an England International,  and this kind of childish behavior will not help him at all.

But if Newcastle can sign Seb Larsson in the summer as a free agent, it looks like Newcastle will be getting a super professional.

Compliments to Seb for being such a mature player at Birmingham, we need more of them in football.

But come to think of it, Seb could be a danger man against Newcastle this coming Saturday – now I’m worried again. :D

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Newcastle News · Other News · Transfer News and Rumours


63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 davybtoon // May 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    seb larrson deal is 100% gonna happen

  • 2 WWJBD // May 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Only person I am confident that will come to NUFC

  • 3 Stuart // May 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Agree, surely its already a done deal. Larsson has made it known hes not staying at Birmingham, and we all but signed him in January.

    He’ll probably be the first name announced.

  • 4 davybtoon // May 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    jus want season to finish now n get some deals happening

  • 5 davybtoon // May 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    stuart – yea totally agree with u we jus about signed him in the jan window, agree first deal to b announced along with another 2 free agents

  • 6 WWJBD // May 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Agree with ya davytoon I want to see deals done rather than this speculation bring on the summer

  • 7 davybtoon // May 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    well if u believe the rumours we already have 2 free agents signed, taarbt from qpr and we hav officals in france tyin up 3 deals now so thats 6 players straight away

  • 8 Rotonda heights // May 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Ed you’ve pushed for this player for so long, you may just get your wish.

    No pace, no skill, just good free kicks a la Ryan Taylor basically. Mind you he couldn’t do any worse than Barton has been playing lately. Best England midfield player lol.

  • 9 Toon Follower // May 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Defo gonna happen
    Hoping Cashley don’t let us fans down in the summer and invests that money on the squad not casinos

  • 10 Rotonda heights // May 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    sounds good davytoon, now for a good manager !!

    Great if we could get some swaps as well

    Gradel for Smith
    Ashley Williams for Perch
    Lallana for Guthrie

  • 11 Toonboy_84 // May 2, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    I know there’s mixed opinions but do we reckon we’ll go back in for N’zogbia when the transfer window opens?

  • 12 Stuart // May 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Im sorry but how can people still keep pushing for a new manager?

    I’m not saying AP is class or anything, my point is wouldnt abit of stability make a nice change?

    We’ve gone through a stupid amount of managers in the past few years and it isnt good for the club.

    Everytime a new manager comes in the squad have to learn a new style of play, certain players may not be rated by the manager, certain players might not rate the manager.

    It just causes upheaval and usually a drop in form. AP has a 5 year contract and unless something goes dramatically wrong I think he should see it through.

    Have you ever noticed the most successful teams are the ones that have had the same manager for a long period of time.

  • 13 Stuart // May 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Also, do you really expect that if AP gets sacked a top boss is going to come in? None of them want to work with MA because he interferes too much and doesnt give the support he should do.

  • 14 LondonToon // May 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Hey guys,

    Just wondering if any of you have seen this, don’t think Ed has written up an article about it – in-depth interview with Nolan on NOTW:

    There’s also a story about Shane Long coming to the Toon on there as well – think that’s already been mentioned – don’t know about you but he’s looked quite handy in the Champo this year. Still, much prefer Gameiro

  • 15 Toonboy_84 // May 2, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Agreed on all points Stuart. Good posts!

  • 16 nolan4 // May 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Stuart totally agree give AP a chance a just hope he gets sum of the £35 mill to spend in the summer Larsson gud signing to start the summer of with

  • 17 ToonDownSouth // May 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Stuart, I agree totally – and personally I belive Pardew was appointed for 2 reason:

    1) For stability – given a 5 year contract, he’s not going to walk out, complaining of mis-treatment, and he wont demand massive transfer budgets.

    2) Because he’s Ashleys mate, and he wants someone who he feels he can trust with his money. And now he has that.

  • 18 Toonboy_84 // May 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Could you copy and paste the interview Londontoon. You have to be a member to read it lol

  • 19 ToonDownSouth // May 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Also, nine months ago, we ALL agreed we knew that it would be a slow rebuilding job, and hopefully in 3-4 years we could push for Europe again.

    Now, only nine months later, everyone is unhappy that we’re not buying the highest rated players in Europe! Madness!

  • 20 Rotonda heights // May 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM


    I know what you are staying about stability. Our mistake has not been starting with a good manager in the first place.

    A club as big as ours should never have been reduced to people like JFK and Pardwho.

    Enrique even said on twitter that he had never heard of Pardwho.

    Do you really think there would be too many tears shared by fans or players if Pardwho went.

    End of season is the best time to make a change.

  • 21 ToonDownSouth // May 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Rotonda, who would you replace him with?

    People keep saying Jol or O’Neil – these people would not want to come to our club unfortunately.

    They’re the kind of managers that demand transfer budgets, and O’Neil left Villa at the start of the season because they sold their best player, ala us.

  • 22 Rotonda heights // May 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Rule number one in business, don’t employ your mates.

    It’s not really a good enough reason is it. Because he’s Ashley’s puppet and won’t rock the boat !!

    A bit like Clegg bending over for Cameron.

  • 23 Stuart // May 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Rotonda, I made a point of saying I didnt think AP was class, but who do you think would come if he got sacked?

    We approached managers like Martin O’neill and Klinsmann before we hired AP and they both said the exact same thing, that they wouldnt work with MA.

    Until MA shakes his reputation of being an idiot and interfering no top manager will touch the club with a ten foot barge pole.

    If AP is allowed to invest in the club, and does so sensibly I think we could be challenging for europe either next season or the season after and thats good enough for me.

    If AP gets sacked this summer not only would it make us even more of a laughing stock and even more or a poisoned chalice to other managers it will also mean the replacement would probably have to be JFK.

  • 24 Rotonda heights // May 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    It doesn’t have to be a top manger, just not an unemployed loser previously in the 3rd division with a forgettable CV.

    There are 3 up and coming mangers in Poyet, Lambert and Clark. I’d be happy with any one of them.

  • 25 TimToon9 // May 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    About Gameiro, he has declined to come here. He wants European fotball.. So he’s not coming here, if you wanted to know. We had a bid for 9,5 mill + accepted, and he declined

  • 26 LondonToon // May 2, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Not sure I can Toonboy_84, cos it’s not letting me copy it – annoying lol

    Seemed to work for me though, think the first click is supposed to be free

  • 27 Rotonda heights // May 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I appreciate things like trying to recruit good young players, not that too many have ever been given the chance in reality.

    however, you’re right. With ashley in charge we are only ever going to get saddled with a pardwho who allegedly owes casino money to llambias.

    People say aim for 8th or 9th next year. whoopy doo !

  • 28 Stuart // May 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Rotonda, I dont even think the names you’ve mentioned would come here.

    As you say, they’re up and coming managers with the potential for a great future in the game. I dont think they would take the risk of coming to Newcastle and being treated the same way as Chris Hughton was.

  • 29 BigKirky // May 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I just want stability, which is one of reasons I wanted to stick with hughton. There are a couple of things I like about pardew. Altho we were awful yesterday, iv noticed he likes players to pressure higher up the pitch and he wants to identify pacey athletic, skillful players, which can only be a plus. Sounds obvious, but the only pacey players have been together under bobby really. So yes, stability, keep him. Even tho he’s been brought in as a puppet. Hope he will pay the money for the centre forwards. Even if he has to pay slightly I’ve the odds. I could have played better than shola and lovenkrands yest.

  • 30 BigKirky // May 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Over the odds, for the right forward players.

  • 31 clinta3 // May 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Ed’s heading: Seb Larsson Showing He’s A Top Professionalism At Birmingham???

    I think you mean professional!!!

    Any talk of sacking Pardew is ridiculous, well… unless Mourinho offers his services.

    I’ll just Pardew after this transfer window when he has a chance to get in his own players, get the team playing in the style he wants, etc. Other fans should do the same.

  • 32 BigKirky // May 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Cos lets be honest, if we had two, quality centre towards this year alone, in this tight division, wed have another ten points and be where Liverpool are. We’ve already thrown four points away in last seconds against spurs and sunlun. Even Ben arfa being fit, wed have more points. Come on Newcastle (Ashley) show some ambition. U need to speculate to accumulate.

  • 33 ochytoon // May 2, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    In defense of Pardew, he doesn’t have much to work with. The reason we only attacked down the left yesterday is because Bartons been bollocks recently and Jonas and Enrique work really well together. Hopefully next season when we have invested in the team well, we will be playing better football

  • 34 clinta3 // May 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    A good article that should be read by all the delusional:

  • 35 The Entertainers // May 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I would love to see Larsson, Elmander and Williams arrive on frees, they would really bulk up our squad and give us flexibility in squad formations, with 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, 4-3-2-1 and 4-3-3 all being very good possibilities with the addition of other cash purchases of course!

  • 36 cyprus // May 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Your headline isn’t very professionalismistic.
    Regarding Larson, he’s good, but as a sub! Our 2 main wingers will be BA and Jonas (our best player this year)… So, we need a creative midfielder, 2 forwards (Shola can be a sub at (of) best.

  • 37 solano // May 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Who are the deluded Clinta?……Of course it matters who is in charge of the club…….just look at the gulf between the teams yesterday….Liverpool were floundering in January and have turned things around dramatically and will be in Europe next season…….it could have been us ……it isn’t about sacking managers and you are right, Pardew does deserve a chance but we could have Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough and Bill Shankly rolled into one, and they still wouldn’t be to work with the w**nkers MA and DL…..

  • 38 TimToon9 // May 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Ben Arfa will be played behind the striker, not on the wing.. Therefore we need 1 really good striker, 1 talented striker, 2 wingers, rb and lb( two if enrique leaves). Would also love Samba in.

  • 39 Benton Toon Exile // May 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Whatever anyone says about transfers, I would swap them all for a decent striker!!!!!

    See Ruud Van Nistleroy has been linked……Could be true if he is available on a free and will play for next to nowt!

  • 40 Tommyy // May 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Going to have to disagree with Rotonda here, have you even seen him play live?

    Having family near Birmingham I have been to see a few of their home games this year and I have to say I have been thoroughly impressed by Larsson. He may not be the best player ever but he does show tremendous workrate and get’s back to help out Carr. He is also deceptively fast, No he doesn’t run at players with speed, he tends to pick the pass and uses his pace to beat defenders to the space. For example in his two recent goals against Sunderland and Wolves, he used fast acceleration to beat the last man and get there before the keeper. He is also a consistent dead ball and cross specialist, something I don’t think we can say for Barton unfortunately.

    Anyway that’s my analysis, and I for one would be very happy to see him come here (especially on a free) and I would see him challenging the right mid spot on a frequent basis, not just as back up. He’s a good player in a poor team. With a good core of players around him (which hopefully we should have) I’m certain he would prove many doubters wrong.

  • 41 Toonboy_84 // May 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    I’d take RVN for a year or 2. Proper poacher!

  • 42 colwell // May 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Ed this love affair with Seb really should end you have made it far too obvious now that he is the man for you, over and over again lol.

    I won`t be getting excited over this signing he`ll be nothing more than a squad player, not worth a start imo. We need a bigger squad so get him in.

    Can`t see any difference between him and Raylor tbh.

  • 43 Tommyy // May 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Larsson is twice the player Raylor is, I can assure you. He has a footballing brain, creates space and more importantly knows how to use it. Something Raylor does not. He is also a lot faster than Raylor when running into space and chasing players down.

  • 44 Al-ToOn // May 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Klose is a free agent surly he is worth a punt on a one year deal. Intelligent runs which would be fantastic with Ben Arfa behind. Obviously he wouldnt be our No.1 striker but if we need a goal then he is perfect to bring on in games (klose that is)Added to that Gervinho and N’Zogbia on the wings. Lukaku as main striker for £14m. Then we have a pacey line up!

  • 45 Toonboy_84 // May 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Ed and Seb sitting in a tree, k-i-s……….I’ll shut the door on my way out.

  • 46 howay man // May 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM


    Jose enrique—–15M-/–Oscar Wednt——0
    Shefki Kuqi——0—–/–Johan Elmander–0
    Sol Campbell—-0—–/–Ashley Williams—0
    P Lovenkrands–0—–/–Gervinho———–12M
    W Routledge—–1M–/–Seb Larsson———0
    Alan Smith—–0.25M/–Reo Coker———–0
    Shola Ameobi-0.25M/–K Sigthorsson——6M
    Joey Barton——5M-/—Axel Witsel———10M
    Fraser Forster—3M
    James Perch—0.25M/ T Alderweireld——7M
    —————————/ Taye Taiwo————0
    —————————/-Matt Jarvis————5M

    60.25MILLION———————-55 MILLION

    Krul, Harper, Soderberg

    Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, STaylor, Wendt, Ferguson, Alderweireld, Williams, Kadar, Taiwo

    Nolan, Tiote, Gutierez, Larsson, Witsel,
    Reo Coker, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Guthrie, RTaylor,
    Lualua, Jarvis

    Sigthorsson, Ranger, Elmander, Gervinho, Wickham, Best

  • 47 Al-ToOn // May 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Larsson was on Arsenals books as a teenager. They only sign ‘footballers’ so he has the ability to become a great little player. Playing in a poor long ball side like birmingham has probably but a stop to his progress.

    I dont have the link but you must see Larsson solo goal on YouTube. Messi like as he picks the ball up in his half and jinks in and out of defenders. (This is in the championship tho, none of our players scored a goal like this apart from gutierrez)

  • 48 nightfa11 // May 2, 2011 at 1:02 PM




  • 49 Toonboy_84 // May 2, 2011 at 1:02 PM

  • 50 lee rob // May 2, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Get seb in he’s an ok freebie,I really want us to try and get lukas podolski as our main striker anyone know how much he would cost?

  • 51 Al-ToOn // May 2, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Thanks Toonboy_84

  • 52 gorskino10 // May 2, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    If he wants 60k a week? he isnt worth it. this guy is a average backup player at best, not good enough to start, is slow and has poor attitude, just take the Pen incident at Chelsea. all he cares about is the money you can tell this as why he let his contract run to a Bosman.

    TBH there is alot better wingers out there but this is FREE the others cost money and you know our club would go for FREE over cash any day. if you consider our In’s in the summer will be (without Jose being sold but if he is we will buy M’Beaugue and Ashley will pocked the 6/7 Mill left over from that)

    We will buy Long (3 Million) Elmander (FREE) Larsson (FREE) thats it, total of 3 Million spend :D Europa League here we come :)

  • 53 Mancgeordie // May 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    i reckon that if wigan go down we should go after rodellega, figeroa and n’zogbia then 3 players probably get all 3 for 20m get larsson, wendt on free and sign a good strong cb to play alongside colo like suchy, zapata or bassong back and perrotti the cost would be around 40m total but with the 35m carroll and 10-15m for el toro (i haven’t included barton as we are still unsure of his intentions)
    ———————–ben arfa———————–

  • 54 Al-ToOn // May 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    What Larsson 60k a week????? @gorskino10

    Larsson would be on about 10-15k a week. It takes Danny Guthrie 4 months to get what Coloccini gets in 1 week!

  • 55 north east lincs toon // May 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    mancgeordie will only see half of the andy carroll money fatman and llambiarse will spend the rest in f#####n casino

  • 56 gorskino10 // May 2, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    but Danny doesnt play and isnt that good compaired to Colo. Also thats what Larsson wants, he WILL NO WAY be on 10/15 more like if he relucatantly agrees to join us the lowest he will be on 30k

  • 57 loughy // May 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    why are people so negative about what is going to happen in the summer. every time i come on here every comment has some negative points in it. Yes we know fat cat ashley is a tw@t and his side kick is useless but no one knows what is going to happen in the summer apart from those two and pardew. i.IMO pardew hasnt done a bad job since he has come in the boys are still working for him and that was clear yesterday when we got our backsides slapped buy the team who wants to buy our team. lets try and get behind the team for the last three games and be positive we could of been in a lot worse of a situation but the fact is we are safe our scouts are out in force looking for players in graham carr we have probs got one of the best scouts in the league


  • 58 Keano9 // May 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    only my Opinion dont judge but

    Smith – 2M
    Lovenkrands – 2M
    Perch – 3M
    Ameobi – 1.5M
    Guthrie – 2M
    Kuqi – Released
    Routledge – 1.5
    Campbel- Released
    Enrique-15M ( if he leaves himself would be over the moon if he stayed)

    Total- 27M
    Total Transfer Budget -50M(12M on player wages)

    Shane Long – 5M (Pacey Forward)
    Kolbeinn Sigþórsson -2M (Good in the Air)
    Moussa Sow or Demba Ba 8M (Either good, strong CFs)
    Ashely Williams or Roman Hubnik – 5M (Commanding CBs)
    Cheick M’Benge 6M(Cover for Jose if he leaves)
    or Franck Tabanou 6M( LeftMid but capable playing LB versitile)
    Stephen Ireland 4M or less( shown glimpes of eariler talent, creative and good squad player plus cover for Nolan)

    Total – 30M
    left over 20M(Excluding 12M on Player Wages)

    Team Lines ups:
    Simmo–Hubnik–Colo–Cheick M’Bengue
    Barton–Nolan–King Arfa–Toite–Jonas
    ——————–Long/Ba or Sow—————
    Franck Tabanou
    Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

    2nd Line up
    Simmo–Hubnik–Colo–Cheick M’Bengue
    King Arfa–Barton/Nolan–Toite–Jonas
    ——-Shane Long–Kolbeinn Sigþórsson——-
    Franck Tabanou

  • 59 Troleibusiukas_LTU // May 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Keano9, nice.. plus FREE players, but i still think we should go after Adam Johnson from MC. My formation for next year would be:




    —–Barton——-Nolan^——Adam Johnson*



    #Best/Kolbeinn Sigþórsson/Long/
    Fergie/Guthrie/Victor Wanyama/Donaldson/

  • 60 Troleibusiukas_LTU // May 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    What do you think?

  • 61 chuck // May 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    I think you are outta your mind son if you think Ashleys gonna put out that kinda cash, plus your evaluation of players may be a bit skewerd.
    Stick to fantasy football, at least until you grow up!

  • 62 toonindia // May 2, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    @Troleibusiukas_LTU Jonas at right back???? Come on, haven’t you seen the world cup??

  • 63 sumo // May 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    The back line needs a much stronger base for the team to build from

    Hutton 5m
    Samba 10m
    Warnock 3m (if jose goes)

    The midfield has work rate no real vision
    Larsson free
    Kranjcar 6m

    need pace and vision up front
    Elmander free
    Agbonlahor 10m

    also add Ben arfa and Gosling to this a lot of quality premiership experience,not saying this would push for top six but would probably guarantee a top 10 finish which should be the next realistic step

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